Friday, March 30, 2012

Lillian and Scarlett:: Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer

This family I have had the honor of photographing TWICE now:-) Thier two little red headed girls are just adorable and somewhat ornery...but I can relate, I am a red head as well. This session reminded me of the importance of NOT forgetting my smarties for my little ones....but the photos still came out great!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Battle Buddies:: Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of taking photos of one of my "Battle Buddies". A "Battle" is someone who you have bonded with and endured the challenges of the military with. It had been almost 4 years since we have seen each other, but once you establish that bond, it is never broken. We went through 6 grueling months of basic training and medic training for the Army. We both have our babies now...hers is 2yrs old now! Time FLIES!! We took full advantage of the beautiful spring day and all the blooms and gorgeous lighting.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Baby Cole:: Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer

Wow! It has been 4 weeks since this shoot! I am falling behind in my blog. I have been so busy with the Professional Photographers of Ohio conference, working with some upcoming marketing gigs, visiting my aunt in Pennsylvania, and taking care of the little girl, that I have fallen a bit behind:-)

This is baby Cole, my little nephew. His dad is a HUGE basketball fan, and his mother is the epitome of fashion-forward mamma. Cole's Grandmother passed away 2 years ago this coming June, and so we HAD to represent her with her guitar:-)

His before and after photo:-)

When I returned from the PPO conference, I decided to go and play with some light in the studio, and needed some models. Jess and Cole gladly volunteered to help out:-) Since we didn't get any photos of them together during his newborn shoot, we decided to focus on the mother/son photos:-)

I LOVE that I got to capture him being ornery towards his mommy! lol

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NEWBORN SAFETY!!:: Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer

I know there are a lot of aspiring photographers out there. I also know there are a TON of aspiring newborn photographers. Everyone wants to come up with the next revolutionary pose, "scene", etc. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of safety first. I have been getting emails and comments about one of my photos that made me decide to write a blog post about newborn safety.

Have you seen those hanging babies in the hammocks? The babies in buckets? The babies propped up on their hands? Or the babies on props that are off the ground? Know what you don't see? The hands touching the baby, the bean bag within inches of the hanging baby, or the weight in the bottom of the top-heavy bucket.

So HOW does the photographer get those poses? 95% of the time they are composites. Why 95% of the time? There have been times that I had the baby propped up on their hands, and when we were done getting the 2 pictures for the composite, mom or dad took their hands away, and baby was still up in the pose. I snapped one or two quick shots...of course, who wouldn't?!?!? But truth be told, this doesn't happen very often...if ever!

My advice to those aspiring newborn photographers. If you don't know how to use Photo Shop to create these images DO NOT attempt to do them until you can! There is NO safe way of doing these poses without a spotter and safety measures.

I have a 5 month old daughter. I NEVER do anything to a newborn that would make me uncomfortable if someone else did it to my daughter. Remember, mom and dad trust you, you are the professional, and they are assuming you know what you are doing.  God forbid one of your poses goes bad, and hurts the baby. You can kiss you photography career goodbye.

I am not the kind of person to keep secrets, so here are a few of the before and after composite shots. I hope this helps some of you, and puts the parents' minds at ease:-)

Yes, now you can probably tell where the editing was done, but I bet you didn't really notice before:-)

This is such a popular pose....I LOVE when it comes out right, but it takes a TON of patience...I think this may have taken 20 mins to nail, and then another 30 mins to edit. Patience is definitely a virtue in Newborn photography
This photo has been the most controversial since I started newborn photography. People have emailed me, messaged me on facebook, and wondered if it was a composite. Absolutely it was. Not only is this a newborn, it is also my nephew, so I am EXTREMELY protective of him;-) I would never do anything to hurt an little precious baby:-)

Some other tips for safety:

Place a 10lb+ weight into the bottom of any bucket or container prop that becomes top heavy with the baby in it, or have mom's hand hold it up, and edit it out.

Any hanging bag, basket, sling, make sure it is only inches off the bean bag and/or there are hand directly below the baby. If you secure the sling to a backdrop with a knot, have mom or dad hold the knot as well to be certain it isn't going anywhere.

I remember being a new photographer, wondering HOW these shots were captured. Here are some of the secrets. Start slow, with basic poses, and work up from there. Also, let the parents know they can say stop at any time. If they ever feel uncomfortable, stop that pose, and move on.

Note to mom and dad: if you EVER have a photographer who doe not use safety measures, don't hesitate to call them out, and ask them to STOP! Your baby's safety is #1!!

Happy shooting:-)

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Beautiful Rainbow:: Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer

One of the whole reasons I got into photography was I needed an artistic outlet for my grief after losing my first born daughter, Rosalynn. Shortly after my loss, my sister told me one of her coworkers had lost their daughter to stillbirth as well. I was heartbroken for the family. I prayed for their healing, and hoped one day they would get the chance to have another child.

When Ava was born and spent some time in the NICU, I finally had the opportunity to meet this other mother of an angel. After almost 18 months of holding her in my heart, I finally got to give her a real hug. While we were there, we found out she was almost 20 weeks pregnant with her rainbow baby, and they were having another girl. I was thrilled when she took me up on the offer to take her newborn photos. Here is "The mighty Quinn", or as her parents call her "Bug". She was sooo tiny, weighing in at about 4 1/2 lbs.

Notice the rainbow bow in her hair? It was specially made by another Rainbow mom!

She wanted color! we got tons of color! I think purple is Quinn's color for sure!

First attempt at this pose....think it came out good...even though she looks like a weeble wobble who is about to fall down:-)

The bear is a very special bear! Weighing the exact weight as her angel sister, Sophia! Molly Bears made it for her. The banner was made by one of the other NICU nurses

Another Picture w/ Sophia Bear

All 5 sisters together....the 4 angels here on earth, and Sophia Bear for the little angel in heaven:-) LOVE this picture!